The Importance of Immunizations
By Southwest Children's Clinic
May 20, 2015
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Immunizations  

To protect your child’s wellbeing, your West Jordan pediatrician recommends routine vaccinations.

It seems that the number of news stories regarding disease outbreaks in children has been increasing at an alarming rate. From epidemics Pediatricsrunning rampant in schools to the measles outbreak in Disneyland, these reports not only show how important it is to vaccinate your children but also what can happen if children aren't protected against these illnesses. We all want our children to be healthy and safe. That’s why your West Jordan pediatrician advises that all parents get their children vaccinated.

Immunizations can save lives: It’s amazing how far medicine has come. Today, we can protect children from more and more diseases than we ever could before; diseases like polio that left children injured or disabled. Without vaccinations, some of these viruses are dangerous enough to kill. Luckily, with the polio vaccine we have now eliminated this disease in the United States.

Vaccines are safe: From talk shows to news segments, there has been much debate on the subject of vaccine safety; in reality, allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. The benefits of getting vaccines far outweigh the possible side effects that could occur, considering the potential fatality of the illnesses your child is being vaccinated against.

Vaccines also protect others around you: The last few years have seen an increase in measles and whooping cough. Since 2010, the US has seen between 10,00 to 50,000 new cases of whooping cough each year. From this disease, about 10 to 20 babies died annually. Some of these babies were too young to even get the vaccine. So, what does this mean for you? This means protecting other family members, classmates and those around you by vaccinating your child. If they are immune, they can't get sick, and pass the sickness on to those who cannot be vaccinated.

Sure the subject of vaccination is touchy and also personal for parents; however, what it comes down to is protecting your children from illness and to make sure they live a healthy, long life. If it’s vaccination time for your child, then it’s time to see your West Jordan pediatrician. Let Southwest Children’s Clinic keep your child healthy.